A project under the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE) of the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC), and is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. IHCAP is supporting the implementation of the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) as a knowledge and technical partner.


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The Indo-Swiss Capacity Building Programme on Himalayan Glaciology has been conceptualized under Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) jointly by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Climate Change Programme of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. The Capacity Building Programme as envisaged at present consists of Level I and Level II and is being hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi since April 2013.

Level I of the Indo-Swiss Capacity Building programme consists of class room teaching and exercises which are jointly conducted by faculties from Swiss and Indian Universities/Institutions. Based on assessment, a subset of these students are selected for the Level II training programme. Level II training programme consists of classroom teaching and field exercises at Chhota Shigri glacier in Himachal Pradesh (HP).

The Capacity Building Programme will contribute towards strengthening of institutional and human capacities in the field of glaciology and related areas in India.

Target Group

Indian Researchers with experience and exposure to the diverse field of glaciology and related areas.


For enquiries related to Capacity Building Programme, please contact:

Mrs. Nisha Mendiratta, Director, Climate Change Programme, Department of Science & Technology
Tel.: 91-11 26590497; Email: nisha67@nic.in

Dr. AL. Ramanathan, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
Tel.: 91-11 26704314; Email: alrjnu@gmail.com

Mr. Kirtiman Awasthi, Team Leader – Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of Climate Change and Development, Embassy of Switzerland
Tel: 91-11-49959570; E-mail: kirtiman@ihcap.in

For media enquiries and interview requests with the Ambassador of Switzerland, please contact:

Ms. Ruchita Jindal, Media Officer, Embassy of Switzerland
Tel.: 91-11 49959500; Email:ruchita.jindal@eda.admin.ch